Calendar, November 19, Visual arts

Visual Arts: Measure / Delirium

14 – 22 November @ Spectrum Project Space, ECU, Mount Lawley  ·
Presented by Nikki Lundy and Alex Spremberg ·

Two solo exhibitions by School of Arts and Humanities Painting AIR 2019 Award winners.

Nikki Lundy – Measure
With thoughts relating to nostalgia of place and space, Measure hopes to acknowledge the past  inhabitants and physical happenings of the ECU studios and Spectrum Spaces. Lundy’s practice involves an ongoing exploration and affinity for process, materiality and spatial relationships. Lundy uses found, construction, non-art and repurposed materials to formulate an experience of space, architecture and the physical body.

Alex Spremberg – Delirium
This new body of works blends images and texts from the commercial sphere with reproductions of  historical artworks that have no inherent relationship to the advertising of products. The rational is confronted by the irrational and the tensions that results are explored in this exhibition.

The exhibitions open at 6pm on 14 November.

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Pictured: Nikki Lundy, WIP, 2019, Chrome insulation tape, iridescent adhesive, ply, fixings, surveying tape on ready-made canvas frame, portable LED tube. Courtesy of the artist.


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many small portraits of Chinese children
Calendar, October 19, Photography, Visual arts

Visual Arts: Children of China

17 – 31 October @ Spectrum Project Space ·
Presented by Tami Xiang and Ai Song ·

Working with the social practice of photography, Xiang examines the issues surrounding the migration of people from rural to urban environments in China. In particular the impact this shift has on the lives of children, who grow up with their grandparents. Re-working children’s self-portraiture, Song the examines the life of children in Chinese Care Centers.

Artist talk: Tami Xiang: Tuesday 22 October at 11am.

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Pictured: Tami Xiang, Left Behind Children, 2019

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Calendar, October 19, Visual arts

Visual Arts: Where Things Commence

1 – 6 October @ Spectrum Project Space, Edith Cowan University, Mount Lawley ·
Presented by Gale Thackeray ·

Where things commence, Triggering ideas through the archive is a new exhibition by contemporary painter and current PhD candidate, Gale Thackeray. The archive is defined by Derrida as a place where things commence. Within her painting practice, the archive has emerged as not only a valid mode of artistic production but an unexpected methodology in the sense that the very acts of gathering and archiving can have a dynamic and direct influence in the creation of an artwork. The construction and development of the archive function as the trigger of ideas and therefore the place where things commence.

This methodology delivers a possible critical pathway in understanding the oeuvre of the painters known as the New Leipzig School who emerged out of the former German Democratic Republic after the fall of the Berlin Wall and who are the focus of Gale’s doctoral research.

Opening: Friday 4 October at 6pm by Dr Paul Uhlmann
Artists in Conversation, Gale Thakeray & Laura Mitchell, Sunday 6th October, 11am. Facilitated by Dr Lyndall Adams.

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Pictured: Hybrid No. 3, Gale Thackeray, 2019, oil on linen, 200 x 160 cm. Photograph courtesy of the artist.

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Calendar, October 19, Visual arts

Visual Arts: Retro Stasia epidemic of nostalgia frenzy of progress

1 – 6 October @ Spectrum Project Space, Edith Cowan University, Mount Lawley ·
Presented by Laura Mitchell ·

Retro Stasia presents an interim view into Mitchell’s practice-led PhD research in the field of expanded painting as a contemporary method to critique and comprehend post-internet consumerism; its impact on place, space and collective memory. For this exhibition Mitchell develops a series of paintings focusing on the notion of mashup as method – a creation using material from two or more disparate sources. The term mashup is also used to describe Mitchell’s current praxis, which is located within the white cube of the gallery, the street, and between digital and tactile media.

Opening: Friday 4 October at 6pm by Dr Paul Uhlmann

Artists in Conversation, Laura Mitchell & Gale Thackeray, Sunday 6 October 11am. Facilitated by Dr Lyndall Adams

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Pictured: Deli-Glitch, Solid Life-Liquid Life, Laura Mitchell, 2019, graphite on rice paper, aerosol on rendered wall, digital collage. Photograph courtesy of the artist.

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Pieces of fabric laid out
Calendar, September 19, Visual arts

Visual Arts: Fragmented Memories

13 – 26 September @ Spectrum Project Space ·
Presented by Ruth Halbert and Jane Ziemons ·

A collaborative exhibition investigating a multidisciplinary approach towards cloth and garment, considering identity and memory, by School of Arts & Humanities Alumni Ruth Halbert and Jane Ziemons.

Ruth Halbert
Received a 303LOWE Award for BA of Contemporary Arts. Halbert has exhibited locally and internationally, in solo, group and juried shows, and was awarded a residency at Rud AIR, Dasland, Sweden.

Jane Ziemons
Contemporary Fashion and Textiles graduate, Scottish born Australian artist and educator Ziemons has a multidisciplinary art practice that merits intensive research, experimental mark making and the value of deep reflection.

Friday, 13 September, 2019, 5.30pm
To be opened by Dr Martien van Zuilen

Conversations with the Artists
Saturday 14, September, 11.00am

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Pcitured: Jane Ziemons, And still it remains (detail), 2019, Dyed cloth, woven fragments,  broken crockery, thread. Credit: Danielle Fusco.

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August 19, Calendar, September 19, Visual arts

Visual Arts: Patches of Hope and Resistance

29 Aug – 5 Sep @ Spectrum Project Space, ECU Mount Lawley Campus ·
Presented by Spectrum Project Space ·

Patches of Hope and Resistance is a group exhibition curated by Gabby Loo and Steven Finch presented at Edith Cowan University’s Spectrum Project Space. This exhibition explores the personal trajectories towards decoloniality and environmentalism through dialogue that the curators and artists have with their peers. It is about the experience of the personal becoming political, the self in dialogue with others becoming aware of just and caring ways to be. It is about growing the good in oneself in the caring and
kind ecologies of us.

Patches of Hope and Resistance will include works from and with Colin Smith, Gabby Loo, Michelle Bui, Nadia Macaulay, Nazerul Khairy Ben-Dzulkefli, Patrick Bryce, Ruby Doneo,  Stephanie Lai, Steven Finch (國令 Gok1 Lim2), Zheela Vokes and Richard Vokes.

There will be ongoing residencies and works in the space, as well as workshops and discussion groups that focus on individual and community care as foundations for social change.

Date: Thursday, 29 August
Time: 6.00pm – 8.00pm
Venue: Spectrum Project Space, ECU Mount Lawley Campus, Building 3, Room 3.191

Panel discussion and closing event
Date: Thursday, 5 September
Time: 6:00 – 8:00pm
Venue: Spectrum Project Space, ECU Mount Lawley Campus, Building 3, Room 3.191

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Objects at Bedside
Calendar, Exhibitions, June 19, Visual arts

Visual Arts: Bedside

7 – 20 June @ Spectrum Project Space, ECU, Mount Lawley ·
Presented by Lucille Martin ·

Bedside is a new exhibition by Australian contemporary artist, Lucille Martin. Martin is an artist working in photo-media, textile and performative practice exploring new frontiers of self-representation to navigate the intersections of art, science and technology.

Martin’s new exhibition, Bedside is an iPhoneographic multi-media installation exploring identity through Documentary participant observational image capture* of her bedside table taken on a daily basis over a three-year period. This multi-media exhibition is a story of female identity through love, loss, place and exploration.

Bedside is about reclaiming identity and how the camera phone becomes an intimate form of stability in that process. In 2017 Martin’s iPhoneography images and the journey she has recorded became the basis of a PhD (Provisional). Martin’s story is currently in production as a documentary work by a filmmaker in Melbourne and her immersive exhibition of images and video work opens at Spectrum Project Space on 6 June. The iPhone camera provides a freedom and accessibility to share in a collective cultural experience, engaging in new ways of working and seeing the world. The images share the intimate and common objects, patterns and repetitious positioning of the ordinary and extraordinary experiences of life toward an expression of universal emotion.

Lucille worked as a freelance artist for Vogue, Harpers, Belle, TV Soap, Penthouse and other fashion magazines during the 90’s. Trained as an Art director she went into professional art practice over 25 years ago. Throughout her awarded career Martin has frequently roamed within the world of documentation and candid display since she shot her first images during the Anti-apartheid riots in South Africa in 1984. It was the launch of her first exhibition, Blind Spots in 1986, in support of her passion for human rights at Sydney’s King Street Gallery and an Australia Council project grant following soon after, which established her award-winning work in Sydney and Perth. Martin’s long career includes significant community development and participation, higher education, pedagogy and policy advocacy.

For further information please contact Lucille on 0407842442

“The everyday and the ordinary are evocative and challenge my desire for self-protection and preservation.  Bedside is vulnerable, personal, universal, uncomfortable and mundane”, Lucille Martin.

An artist talk will take place with Lucille Martin on Thursday 6 June at 5.15pm to be followed by the Official Opening by Ms Geraldine Mellet from 6 – 8pm at Spectrum Project Space, ECU Mount Lawley Campus, Building 3, Room 3.191

Exhibition opening hours:
Tuesday to Friday 10.00am – 5.00pm; Saturday 12.00pm – 5.00pm

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Pictured: Bedside courtesy of Lucille Martin

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News, Reviews, Visual arts

A call for change

Review: Olivia Colja (curator), ‘WOMXN’ ·
Spectrum Project Space ·
Review by Miranda Johnson ·

‘WOMXN’, curated by Olivia Colja, is a group exhibition featuring emerging artists from Edith Cowan University (ECU) whose work addresses and interrogates experiences of womanhood and femininity. Coinciding with International Women’s Day, the exhibition also incorporated a day-long conference, Articulate, with a number of presentations from female arts workers and artists, providing a platform for discussion, advocacy and mentorship.

The strong themes of activism, collaboration and community engagement are immediately obvious. Throughout the exhibition there are signs asking for donated sanitary items for women in need, as well as lit candles for every woman who died from male violence in 2018. In this way, the exhibition is more than a platform for some of ECU’s exciting emerging artists to show their work. It’s also a call for lasting change, and suggests some concrete actions to start you on your way.

a bed with blood on it
Daisy Safrasky’s ‘I Bled Four Days’. Photo: Kristy Scadden.

These features of the exhibition also stand as a gesture of acknowledgement that the show’s themes are people’s lived experiences, and the works created emerge from real-life situations of danger, pain, and frustration with structural gender inequality that cannot be left behind upon leaving the gallery space. A work such as Daisy Safrasky’s I Bled Four Days is the manifestation of the burden and trauma carried by victims of sexual assault. A live recreation of the artist’s bed in the centre of the gallery is covered with clothing meticulously embroidered with statements from women who experienced sexual assault. In their stories, a bed is not a place of refuge but of danger – in the gallery space, however, it becomes a platform for sharing experiences and releasing the burden of shame.

A room with pink and red curtains and cushions
Cian Holt’s ‘Womb Room’. Photo: Shona McGregor.

Many works have a particular focus on the handmade, with stitching, embroidery and thread common themes running through the exhibition. Some are understated, delicate works that pack an emotional punch, such as Janice Fawcett’s Kintsugi, an installation of threads and broken crockery that manifests the pain and loss associated with miscarriage. At other times, handcrafts have more expansive, light-hearted associations with traditional feminine – or feminist – imagery. Cian Holt’s Womb Room, for example, is a garishly pink and humorously playful space in which the viewer can rest, relax and unwind.

This focus on vaginal and labial imagery, menstruation and reproduction demonstrates that there is still much concern about the ways in which women’s bodies are represented, restricted and controlled, despite several generations of the feminist project. I felt, however, that the over- over-emphasis on vaginal or menstrual imagery as representing womanhood could alienate some viewers, and that some more nuanced interrogations about the nebulous definitions and interpretations of womanhood itself could be valuable.

However, the common threads running through the exhibition create a thoughtful exhibition that clearly portrays the strong emotional and professional bonds formed by the artists and curators during the conception of the exhibition, and the strength of feeling and clarity of vision associated with the subject matter.

WOMXN’ runs at Spectrum Project Space until March 16.

Pictured top: “Turn and face the strange” by Shona McGregor. Photo: Shona McGregor.

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Calendar, Fringe World, Performing arts, Theatre, Visual arts

Theatre & Visual Arts: TRESPASSING

1 – 22 February @ Spectrum Project Space ·
Presented by Existence Theatre ·

Existence Theatre presents TRESPASSING at Edith Cowan University’s Spectrum
Project Space for Fringe World 2019.

Existence Theatre (Bello Benischauer and Elisabeth M Eitelberger) is the recipient
of the 2019 Spectrum Project Space Artist Residency. This annual program allows
the recipient one-month’s access to Spectrum Project Space at ECU’s Mount
Lawley Campus as a working studio, with the aim of exhibiting new works in
the gallery at the end of the residency. This program is now in its sixth year.

TRESPASSING is based on four different female characters, who speak about the
complexity of gender linked to identity, social interaction, power and oppression;
about the interaction of gender with race, class, culture, religion, sexuality and
consumerism. In monologues, they give insight into their contradicting but daily
routines. While one indulges in a compulsive desire to shop, another tries to build
all her image around her higher education. And whereas one suffers from being
born into a wealthy milieu, another crosses borders fleeing her country to simply

Known for creating immersive and multi-sensory experiences, Existence Theatre
will again take their audience on an intimate journey to celebrate the
transcultural qualities inherent in contemporary society.

For the past two decades Bello and Elisabeth have utilised video, sound
composition, performance and performance writing to reflect upon particular
socio-political issues and the individuals dealing with them. They create
individual ensembles depending on the work. With projects around the world
they have formed a strong interest in how to comment on transcultural
lifestyle and cultural specifics. They have created work spanning from
video poetry, video/sound installations, interventions in public space,
performance lectures to critical theatre productions with a strong socio-
political message.

Undeniably influenced by developments and currents of European Postdramatic Theatre  and Performance Art, they have a unique way in how to approach themes and audiences, addressing them by raising questions, inviting them to find their own individual access rather than attempting to provide answers with the presented work.

Event details:
The TRESPASSING exhibition and performances will take place from
Friday 1 February to Friday 22 February at Spectrum Project Space,
Mount Lawley Campus, Edith Cowan University.

Written, directed, video and sound composition: Bello Benischauer (WA/AT)
Dramaturgy and development: Elisabeth M Eitelberger (WA/AT)
Temporary ensemble: Helah Milroy (WA), Nathalie Boukpeti (WA/FR),
Daniela O’Mara WA/SK) and Alisha Versteegen (WA)

Dates: 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16 February 2019
Time: 8.00pm (70 min – no interval)
Venue: Spectrum Project Space, ECU Mount Lawley, Building 3, Room 3.191
Cost: Tickets available for $30 online via the Fringe World website.

Date: Friday, 1 February to Friday, 22 February
Time: Tuesday to Friday 10.00am – 5.00pm; Saturdays 12.00pm – 5.00pm
Venue: Spectrum Project Space, ECU Mount Lawley, Building 3, Room 3.191
Cost: The exhibition is free of charge

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Muslin Banksia
Calendar, November 18, Visual arts

Visual Arts: Double opening for SAH Painting Residency Artists

13 to 23 November @ Spectrum Project Space ·
Presented by Deborah Worthy-Collins & Sharon Callow ·

Two exhibitions by the recipients of the School of Arts and Humanities, Painting Residency 2018 will open at Spectrum Project Space with a double opening on Wednesday, 13 November. The artists Deborah Worthy-Collins and Sharon Callow have each completed a semester long tenure in the Painting Studios at Edith Cowan University, Mount Lawley. The residency program is now in it’s second year, the aim of which is to promote the contemporary practice of painting within an academic institution.

Born from Dust – Deborah Worthy-Collins

In Born from Dust, Deborah Worthy-Collins explores the intersection between life, death, sex and human connection to nature. Through multidisciplinary studio processes, Deborah explores her relationship with these themes as an artist, woman and mother. Her use of cloth, stitching and the process of making references both the historical domestic setting in which birth and death occurred and the intimate connection between these materials and the body. Given the often confronting nature of such taboo subjects, Deborah attempts to bring a quiet and comforting sensibility to her work.

Deborah’s body of work is influenced by the birth, sex and death positive movements. As well as contributing to the broader dialogue occurring within these movements, Deborah aims to initiate conversations about difficult subjects. She hopes that her works will prompt viewers to contemplate their own place within these natural processes, however even more ambitiously she would like to start conversations at the community level to provide opportunities for people to engage with the human life cycle in a more meaningful way.

Insomnia – Sharon Callow

In Insomnia, Sharon seeks to create quiet, contemplative spaces. Begun as a response to insomnia, these are intended to offer a respite from the informational overload and multiple responsibilities entailed in attempting to lead an ethically, socially, politically and environmentally aware existence.
For the insomniac, the craving for sleep is a kind of madness. Sleep becomes an elusive state of nothingness. It holds the promise of rest, comfort, and release from the need to keep abreast of information and obligations from the waking hours: individual and collective responsibilities, the needs of others, consumer choices, and the dilemmas of decision-making.

In this onslaught of incursions, disengagement and solitude seem attractive. Yet retreat is a seductive illusion. Sharon’s works explore the tensions of managing in the individual worlds of our making: balancing the conflicting desires of the self to strengthen, not diminish, one’s selfhood.

Opening event:

Born from Dust and Insomnia will be officially opened by artist and lecturer, Gregory Pryor
Date: Wednesday, 13 November
Time: 6.00pm – 8.00pm
Venue: Spectrum Project Space, ECU Mount Lawley Campus, Building 3, Room 3.191

Artist talk:

Date: Saturday, 17 November
Time: 2.00 – 3.00pm
Venue: Spectrum Project Space, ECU Mount Lawley Campus, Building 3, Room 3.191

Open hours:

Tuesday to Friday 10.00am – 5.00pm
Saturdays 12.00pm – 5.00pm

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Muslin Banksia by Deborah Worthy-Collins. Image courtesy of the artist.

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